Desert Southwest Snyder Memorial Day | 19

One thing I wasn’t prepared for when I made this life-altering decision to move here was just the sheer volume of people who were going to tell me that the weather in Southern Arizona tended to get toasty. Virtually everyone I meet mentions it. But honestly, the fact that the weather is usually hot is not one of Tucson’s ‘best-kept secrets.’ I like to egg them on by saying, “What do you mean it’s GOING to get hot out? It’s 97 today.” That gets them going. “Ooooooo, it’s going to get A LOT hotter than this.” Continue reading

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Top 50 Books to Read Next List

This is my reading list. What I’ve read, what I’m reading, what I’m going to read next. As an English major, I feel that it my sworn duty to at least attempt to be well read. My goal is to read interesting, entertaining, meaningful books by gifted authors and expand my mind. Continue reading

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Rocky Mountain Snyder Family XMAS | 18

We were getting settled at the historic Hotel Denver, when Carli has an announcement. She reads from her phone. “This hotel is haunted. Ghosts have frequented rooms on the third floor.” We’re on the third floor. Naturally. Carli begins freaking out. Rose is not taking the situation seriously. She’s eggs on the spirit world. Now I’ve seen enough episodes of Ghost Adventures to know that you do not do that. You do not invite spirits, especially demons, into your realm. You simply do not do that. Continue reading

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My Top 10 Favorite Books … 2017

I read 28 books on the year by 27 authors, including eight international writers, seven female writers, and seven works of nonfiction. A lot of historical fiction, in fact, three books that made the top 10 were based in World War II, another based in Vietnam, Russia, China, Tibet and Cuba. Continue reading

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My Review | A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain

Unbelievably great writing. A collection of short stories where all of the characters share their experiences as immigrants from Vietnam residing near New Orleans. Continue reading

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Rocky Mountain Snyder Family XMAS | 17

A young man came to the house selling doorknob cameras. He said he’d been selling them to all my neighbors. ‘Have you ever heard of a doorknob camera,’ he asks. ‘No.’ ‘Oh great. I have a vid’ … he grabs his iPad. I cut him off. ‘I don’t need to see a video. I’m right in the middle of dinner,’ which wasn’t true, but he hasn’t sold anything to my neighbors, so we’re even. Continue reading

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My Review | The Magician King

The second book of the trilogy. I loved this book because of its ability to just go anywhere with the narrative. Talking dragon in a canal. Yes, delivers pertinent info in the adventure. Continue reading

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